PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 02: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers scrambles as he looks to pass in the second half during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field on October 2, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Steelers have won the AFC North

The Baltimore Ravens have been a thorn in the side of the Pittsburgh Steelers for years now. The archrivals have traded punches back in forth in the AFC North since the Ravens resurgence in the early 2010’s.Yesterday with the Steelers season in jeopardy they delivered with a star wide receiver Antonio Brown’s 1-yard catch with 9 seconds left in the fourth to seal Pittsburgh’s second division title in three years on Christmas evening.It was a play the Steelers have seen time and time again but never with this much on the line.

“That’s AB,” wide receiver Demarcus Ayers said. “He does it so much in practice, it doesn’t ‘wow’ you in a game. In this particular moment it’s like, ‘he’s done it again.'”

Brown finished the game with 10 receptions for 96 yards and now joins hall of famer Marvin Harrison as the only two wide receiver with four straight seasons of 100-plus catches.
The Baltimore Ravens (8-7) have been eliminated from playoff contention while the Steelers (10-5) will be the No. 3 seed in the AFC and host the No. 6 seed during wild-card weekend on either Jan. 7 or 8 no matter what they or AFC South champion Houston (9-6) do in their finales.Roethlisberger finished with 279 passing yards and three touchdowns despite two interceptions thrown in the third quarter, almost sealing the Steelers fate of missing the playoffs.

“It’s pretty special the way we won it,” Roethlisberger said. “Especially after feeling the way I felt at a certain point in that game and feeling like you let guys down and you blew it.”

Now the Ravens have an entire offseason to mull over what went wrong in that final quarter.


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